Possibly the most iconic film of early cinema, this science fiction epic is beautiful, quirky and shows surprising depth.
A winking homage/spoof of sci-fi literature, Georges Melies also manages to sneak in commentary on colonialism. Not bad for a one-reel picture! The film is even more glorious when seen with its original hand-applied colors restored. Essential viewing.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
To the moon and back! The film ends with a grand parade for the explorers.
If it were a dessert it would be: A Chocolate Eclair. It may seem old-fashioned but it’s a classic for a reason.
Availability: A Trip to the Moon is available from numerous sources but the absolute best way is the restored hand-color version released on DVD/Bluray by Flicker Alley.